Heynckes praise for purposeful Bayern

Jupp Heynckes said it was important that FC Bayern Munchen “didn’t ease off” against Hamburger SV on Saturday en route to a 6-0 win where Robert Lewandowski bagged a hat-trick.

Goals from Franck Ribery (8′) and Robert (12′, 19′) in the first half were followed up with strikes after the break. Arjen Robben (55′) got in on the act before Ribery scored (81′) and Lewandowski (PG 90′) struck his third from the spot late on.

Speaking after the game at the Allianz Arena, Heynckes told the club’s official website: “We got off to a very good start, found our way into the match and scored the first three goals very early.

“It’s hard for our opponents to change the result if we’re three up at the Allianz Arena.”

The veteran manager added: “It was important to me the team didn’t ease off and that we didn’t allow any chances. It’s important for the next few matches like the one against Besiktas next week.”

The result saw Bayern move onto 66 points at the top of the Bundesliga, 20 points clear of FC Schalke 04 in second, and just a handful of games away from securing their 28th league title.

Robben echoed his manager’s comments, before turning his attention to the Champions League tie with Besiktas on Wednesday where Bayern take a 5-0 lead into their last-16 second leg.

He said: “We got off to a very good start, that’s always the key. We have to keep going in the Bundesliga, no matter if we’re 20, ten or five points ahead. We can’t only focus on the Champions League. We have to show we’re on form in the Bundesliga matches too.”